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Windows 7 Family Pack returns to the world of the living

Less than a year after quietly giving the Windows 7 Family Pack some concrete shoes and tossing it in the river, Microsoft has dragged out the partially decomposed corpse and reanimated it. The company updated its Windows Experience Blog yesterday to say the zombified Family Pack is now roaming store aisles—but only “while supplies last.”

New copies of the Windows 7 Familiy Pack carry the same old $149.99 suggested retail price, and like before, they include three Windows 7 Home Premium licenses. While the blog post doesn’t dwell on specifics, I believe those are upgrade licenses for folks who already own Windows XP or Vista. Otherwise, the pack would be the deal of the century—standalone copies of Windows 7 Home Premium retail for $177 a pop.

Amazon has already started selling the Windows 7 Family Pack for $139.99 with free shipping. If you live outside the States, you’ll have to wait until October 22 for the pack to make its way back to your shores. Microsoft is planning a relatively extensive international rollout, though. (The blog post lists all of the country names at the bottom.) Too bad the software maker doesn’t say exactly how long supplies will last.

0 responses to “Windows 7 Family Pack returns to the world of the living

  1. Don’t kid yourself, you couldn’t switch to linux even if you wanted to in a corporate environment. The higher ups make those decisions.
    This choice is mostly reserved for intelligent independent small businesses, that can make their own decisions.

    Other than that, I do know that Autozone uses linux (redhat?) to run their business, and in-store computers.
    So, no. The linux can’t be used for business FUD is not real.

  2. I don’t think Linux is the reason Microsoft is selling the Family Pack since only ~1% of computer users choose a free OS.

  3. Yeah, our IT department and every other company’s would just LOVE to screw with that for literally no reason, whatsoever.

  4. “While supplies last” – until the world runs out of blank DVD discs

  5. “WElcome back to the land of the living… now get a shovel and get diggin’!”

  6. It also includes office (and many earlier versions for ribbon haters) and various other things people might want.

    Its not quintillion but 10 keys, though you can spread that across ult/pro/home/etc versions of things so its close enough to infinite for most purposes.

    If your home needs just one legit copy of office, it practically pays for itself. Some of us do have incentives to stay mostly legit and while I have half a dozen linux kernels on various hardware at home and countless unix variants at work, you can’t always avoid the windows environment purely by choice.

    It still blows my mind that anyone actually goes out and pays for a retail boxed copy of 7 or whatever, barring any bargain bin style discounts.

  7. Two years sounds about right. Though it’s really dependent on what innovation they can bring.

    3.1 -> 95 was a huge upgrade.
    95 -> 98 brought a lot of things out like USB, IE integration, FAT32
    98 -> ME had a slew of changes (though most not for the better) like system recovery and system file protection
    then the 2k and ME market merger for XP combined the best of both worlds
    Vista, while pretty, didn’t seem to change the game up that much. XP had already been upgraded so much that people didn’t have need for “pretty”. Silly things were added like widgets and UAC. While they can be useful, most people I know disabled them because they were also a nuisance.
    7 also, in my opinion, doesn’t seem to really add much to usability either. Now that it’s mandatory people are moving to it, but I hear all the time that people would rather stick to XP.

    If they can find something that really changes the way people use the computer (in a BETTER way, not different) then I can see a 2 year update. Heck, Windows was once updated every 1 year.
    95 -> 95OSR2 (96)
    98 -> 98SE (99)
    ME (00) -> XP (01)

  8. I don’t know. I installed Linux on my laptop and I couldn’t be happier. I can watch all my movies, manage my music, do work using open office, surfing, everything I need, it gets done really well, and its made me a linux fan. Stable too, not to mention everything worked out of the box, without hunting for drivers.
    Also there are a lot of alternative programs/apps in the linux software center, and get this, they’re free.

  9. This. lol…. Unless Linux can manage to get Windows programs to work within Linux without having to have a special Linux version, then there’s no way it’ll be worth giving up Windows for. Just gotta face it, Linux just doesn’t make the cut with a lot of programs.

  10. They sure spewed out new versions of Windows in the past, and 7 was pretty much a Vista service pack with a pretty new face to save their own face. It’s not like they didn’t have something new cooking since 2006.

    MS hasn’t said anything official, but there have been “leaks” suggesting summer to “holiday season” 2011. That’s two years, really.

  11. Or you can just switch to linux for free. Apparently they’ve been working on natively porting dx11, and when that happens there will be no reason left to even look at microsoft.

  12. Or to get more eyeballs because Windows Phone 7 (or whatever it’s called nowadays) is coming?

  13. A TechNet subscription for a squillion installations of any version is $199, and if you paid for it even right now, that one year may very well get you the next version of Windows, as well. Food for thought…

  14. I’ve got my mom on XP and a sister on Vista. Hmmm…Still, even with only 2 people it’s still a good deal

  15. I bought it from Amazon on Sept. 24th and paid full price. It is the upgrade version but does come with both 32 and 64 bit versions. Now if I can just get them to price protect the $10 difference.

  16. I’ll pick up a 64bit version once its available up here in Canada. Pretty good deal.

  17. Hmmm, pump and dump just in time for the holiday shopping season? “Limited time offers” (no matter how artificial the limit) are a proven way to inflate a blip of demand; I suppose Windows marketing needs to hit their quotas.